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Passover From The Point Of View Of Modern Realities, Part 5

933Question: If we are relating to the present time, at what stage are the Jews?

Answer: Today we are in a state where Jews have gathered from all over the world physically, but have not yet connected internally.

Therefore, we must organize the people now living in Israel into such a community where “love your neighbor as yourself” is our credo, the fundamental law of the people. And then there will be an opportunity to rise above egoism, above our inner Egypt.

And we do this, we unite in tens and try to isolate ourselves from the outside world through our internal communication. This is how we act.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 4/12/19

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“Diversity – The Key To Success” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “Diversity – the Key to Success

A few weeks ago, several news outlets published a story that went largely unnoticed by legacy media, but which defies reason. Apparently, the Grace Church School in Lower Manhattan issued a 12-page guide to students and staff explaining the school’s mission of inclusivity. The guide encouraged them to replace some of the most essential words in any language with substitutes that denied them of their meaning. For example, the guide reads, “Instead of ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad,’ at Grace we say ‘grown-ups,’ ‘folks,’ or ‘family.’” Or, “Instead of ‘husband,’ ‘wife,’ ‘boyfriend,’ ‘girlfriend,’ at Grace we say ‘spouse,’ ‘partner,’ ‘significant other.’”

Instead of making everyone the same, we should boldly emphasize our differences and use them for the common good. All of a sudden, we will discover that everyone is beautiful in their own unique way! Building a robust society depends not on making everyone the same, but on embracing everyone’s differences. Diversity is the key to success; uniformity—the road to failure.

The guide does not stop there. It continues its effort to engineer the consciousness of students and teachers by clearly stating its agenda: “We actively try to undo notions of a ‘typical’ or ‘normal’ family structure, each family is unique.” Also, the guide points to a problem it defines as “Heterosexism,” which is “The assumption that heterosexuality is the natural or default form of sexuality, and is inherently good or inevitable.”

Religion, too, is “treated” in the guide. “Instead of [asking] ‘What religion are you?’ say ‘Are any religious/faith traditions important to you?’” Or, “Instead of [saying] ‘Merry Christmas!/Happy Holidays!’ say ‘Have a great break!’” There is much more but you get the point.

The thing is that the blatant attempt at consciousness engineering was largely ignored. The children and parents were afraid for their future, teachers were afraid for their jobs, and legacy media had no interest in protesting the obvious oppression of free thought, so very few outlets reported it.

But one person could not keep quiet. Paul Rossi, a teacher at Grace Church, wrote a piece titled “I Refuse to Stand By While My Students Are Indoctrinated,” and published it on Bari Weiss’ blog Common Sense. In the subtitle, he wrote, “Children are afraid to challenge the repressive ideology that rules our school. That’s why I am.”

Rossi admits that he is afraid for his future, but feels he has no choice since the problem isn’t only with Grace Church, but a widespread issue. “I know that by attaching my name to this I’m risking not only my current job but my career as an educator, since most schools, both public and private, are now captive to this backward ideology,” he admits. “But witnessing the harmful impact it has on children, I can’t stay silent.”

Luckily for Rossi, and for all of us, although it may take a while, and may still spread further, eventually, forced elimination of differences among people will not work. Nature created us different, not the same, and we cannot “undo” our making on a whim. If it contradicts nature, it will not work. It will only torment those who try.

The Procrustean bed to which the “inclusive” ideology is attempting to chain us will create the suffering that all Procrustean beds are made to create, but it will not make us the same or equal; it is totally useless and redundant. Mom and Dad are the two most important figures in our lives, which is why every culture since antiquity has dedicated specific pronouns to designate them. They are not “family” and they are certainly not “folks.” They have given us our very lives, and to a great extent, they are responsible for the people we are. It is almost the same with “husband” and “wife”: “Partner” just doesn’t carry the same weight. “Husband” and “wife” imply commitment, and “partner” implies much less of it, if any. Each person that we meet is unique, and merits a unique name or title. Denying uniqueness deprives all of us of personality.

Diversity is not something to erase; it is something to embrace! It is a source of power, resilience, and beauty! We can only appreciate the qualities of one race when we know how unique it is. However, we will know that it is unique only if we know the qualities of all the other races. Therefore, we cannot appreciate one another unless we know who we are and how different we are from one another. Erase the differences, and you have erased our uniqueness and, even worse, our ability to appreciate one another.

Instead of making everyone the same, we should boldly emphasize our differences and use them for the common good. All of a sudden, we will discover that everyone is beautiful in their own unique way! Building a robust society depends not on making everyone the same, but on embracing everyone’s differences. Diversity is the key to success; uniformity—the road to failure.

“What Is Your Definition Of Love?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is your definition of love?

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, love is the will to satisfy other people’s desires.

In order to truly satisfy other people’s desires, we need to understand them. Understanding the desires of others comes from sharing similar habits, qualities, thoughts and perceptions. Then we can know how to satisfy them, i.e., to express our love.

Love is thus felt according to a key law in reality called “the law of equivalence of form.” We all have different desires, but in order to establish a common understanding—the basis to reach love between us—then the intention upon our desires should be the same.

If we would each wish to reach a common love for one another above our desires, then we would form a common inner template through which we could know how to satisfy each other. We could then image each other’s desires within ourselves and understand how we would feel when receiving the same fulfillment.

Since we would share the same intention, we would be able to satisfy each other’s desires, and by doing so, experience love.

Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

To Whom Can One Open One’s Heart?

629.4Comment: Margaret Thatcher says: “To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.”

My Response: In human society, of course, this is true. But in general, you cannot open your heart, only in a suitable circle, if I am among friends, that is, among those who are going toward the same goal. Then we open the heart, and a common heart is formed. Then, there are already completely different laws.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 1/14/21

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“Why Is It Important To Develop A Positive Self-Image?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Why is it important to develop a positive self-image?

Developing a solely positive self-image is actually detrimental to our development because it can blind us from what we need to change in ourselves.

On the contrary, we need control and balance between a positive and negative self-image. For example, doubting ourselves as we head into exams at school or university urges us to study more and prepare better. Excessive self-confidence and being a know-it-all are harmful to our progress. We thus have to be able to direct the shift of our self-image from positive to negative and vice versa.

In addition, we should aim our self-image at a goal that we set out to achieve, so that we measure ourselves in relation to that goal. We thus need to regularly examine that goal and how we progress toward it—questioning whether we have the necessary means to achieve it, and accordingly adjust our self-image to be optimally goal-oriented.

Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
Photo by Malcolm Lightbody on Unsplash.

The Commandment: “I Am The Lord, Your God”

610.2Question: The first commandment says: “I am the Lord, your God, Who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Who is God? What is it?

Answer: It is the highest, intelligent, omnipotent, eternal, perfect force of nature.

We attribute it only to the nature of our world because we do not see more. In fact, it fills everything, includes the entire program of creation: the beginning, its goal, its realization, and its end.

All this together is called the Creator, and only in relation to us.

We cannot talk about the Creator, about God, about the upper force, that He is omnipotent, eternal, or give Him whatever epithets we want. They need to be played out, discussed, why they are exactly so and not different, why there are so many of them.

Therefore, without paying attention to these names, we can talk about Him, but only in relation to ourselves, as the great souls, the Kabbalists, knew Him and told us about Him.

Question: As the consequence of the commandment “I am the Lord your God,” the act of Creation: “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” takes place. What is the connection between them?

Answer: The manifestation of the Creator from above downward in relation to us in the act of Creation is the manifestation of the light from the world of infinity, which builds itself a vessel. This vessel is the original creation.

It is still far from the creation that should eventually be created because it is like a drop of seed and it is not clear whether something will develop from it or not. But it has almost everything in it, except matter. Therefore, it must be, so to speak, stuffed with everything necessary.

But all the information, absolutely all His properties, everything that is called “He Himself” is in this vessel.
From KabTV’s “The Power of The Book of Zohar” #10

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Replenish Yourself For The Benefit Of Another

631.2Question: What happens when we study Kabbalah? Do men and women start to feel their nature?

Answer: First they begin to understand and then feel that they are completely opposite of each other: in body, mind, awareness, and in the vision of the world. We have just blurred this distinction so much that we do not even pay attention to it and it seems that it does not exist.

We think that in this way we can come to some kind of mutual understanding, gender equality, and so on. This is not true. We must clearly understand the difference between a man and a woman, because when each of us is in the right position, we can add, and replenish ourselves for the benefit of the other.

Kabbalah talks about how we need to unite with each other while preserving our contradictions and even making them more prominent. When I show a woman that she is a woman in my eyes, and show her myself as a man, we do not immediately introduce ourselves into some kind of intimate relationship.

We speak at the mental, emotional level, at the level of upbringing and interaction. By this we show how opposite we are, but at the same time how we can complement each other. Kabbalah explains how a man and a woman should be interconnected.

It seems to us that in nature such a connection, for example, between a male and a female, is much simpler. It is actually not that simple. We do not see their internal differences, how they interact with each other. If we correctly accepted our differences, this would lead us to a completely different culture, sphere of communication, and construction of other social institutions.

We would communicate in a completely different way at work, on vacation, and in interactions between families. We would have other TV and radio programs. Games, sports, everything would look different.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Common Law Marriage” 8/11/09

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 4/18/21

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Lesson on the Topic “Amalek”

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